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Yojimbo (1961)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Yojimbo (1961, Jp.) (aka The Bodyguard)

In director Akira Kurosawa's samurai tale, remade as Sergio Leone's spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars (1964, It.):

  • in the conclusion, the influential scene of masterless ronin "Kuwabatake" Sanjuro's (Toshiro Mifune) return to the dusty, windy town's main street for a decisive standoff and showdown by himself against Ushitora (Kyū Sazanka) and his men, and Unosuke (Tatsuya Nakadai), who fired his revolver, but was struck by Sanjoro's knife in his forearm; then using his sword, Sanjuro slashed the remaining men
  • the dying words of Unosuke to Sanjuro: "Say, samurai trash, are you there?...The entrance to hell - I'll be waiting there for you!" Sanjuro spoke after he expired: "He died as recklessly as he lived" and then promised to the town's three remaining old men before walking away: "Now it'll be quiet in this town...So long!"


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